Alan Paton


Born
in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
January 11, 1903

Died
April 12, 1988

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Alan Stewart Paton was born and educated in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. He started his career by teaching at a school in Ixopo where he met and married his first wife. The dramatic career change to director of a reformatory for black youths at Diepkloof, near Johannesburg, had a profound effect on his thinking. The publication of Cry, The Beloved Country (1948) made him one of South Africa's best known writers. It is a searing account of the inhumanity of apartheid told in a lyrical voice which emphasises Paton's love for the land and people of South Africa, and his hope for a change in the future. It remains a world bestseller and probably one of the most recognisable titles from this country. Paton became a fulltime writer after this ...more

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More books by Alan Paton…
“Sorrow is better than fear. Fear is a journey, a terrible journey. But, sorrow is at least an arriving. ”
Alan Paton

“I have always found that actively loving
saves one from a morbid preoccupation
with the shortcomings of society.”
Alan Paton

“The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again.”
Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country

Polls

August 2016 New School Group Read

 
  47 votes, 25.7%

 
  20 votes, 10.9%

1931, The Waves by Virginia Woolf, 297 pages
 
  18 votes, 9.8%

1966, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, 176 pages
 
  17 votes, 9.3%

1997, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 432 pages
 
  17 votes, 9.3%

 
  15 votes, 8.2%

1963, The Collector by John Fowles, 282 pages
 
  12 votes, 6.6%

1990, Possession by A.S. Byatt, 555 pages
 
  10 votes, 5.5%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  10 votes, 5.5%

1996, The Beach by Alex Garland, 436 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.7%

1948, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, 320 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.2%

1949, The Way West by A.B. Guthrie Jr., 352 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.2%

1942, The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas, 528 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.6%

1924, Precious Bane by Mary Webb, 328 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.5%

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